One of the most senior jobs in Jewish officialdom will soon become vacant as Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky – who turned seventy last month – is expected to retire after nine years in the post.
By tradition, his replacement will be appointed by Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who chooses a candidate that is then approved by the agency's board of governors.
This gives the leaders of the large Jewish federations of North America, who are the agency's principle funders, an ostensible veto on the PM's choice.
By all accounts, Mr Netanyahu has been occupied by other matters – not least mounting corruption allegations against him – to give the matter much thought in recent weeks.
A name was expected to be announced this week during a board of governors meeting in Zichron Yaakov, but as no name has emerged, it may now have to wait until the board's next full meeting in June.
The delay has led some candidates to try and use the period to lobby for themselves, with none being considered a front-runner.
The JC considers the runners and riders below: